While it’s not quantifiable how much celebrity endorsements are worth for a presidential candidate, they certainly don’t hurt the cause, assuming the celebrity is an admirable person.
Not many athletes are more highly respected in any sport than Stephen Curry. He’s a back-to-back MVP and also a ridiculously nice guy from all accounts.
At TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on Tuesday, Curry was asked who he’d be voting for in the 2016 presidential election.
Moderator Jordan Crook unleashed a series of rapid fire questions, one of which had extremely large political implications.
The question posed was simply “Hillary or Trump?” Curry answered Hillary, and the conversation quickly shifted to the next subject.
Keep in mind that Curry didn’t go on a long monologue explaining his preference, but it’s clear where his support falls.
Clinton herself took notice, and tweeted out an appreciation of perhaps basketball’s biggest icon right now being on her team.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
I’m sure there’s a “Crooked Hillary” joke somewhere within Curry naming her to a moderator named “Crook,” but I’ll leave it be.
I suppose Donald Trump will have to be happy with the support of players like Dennis Rodman and Latrell Sprewell.
No word yet on whether Trump will respond to this slight from Curry, but it would probably be a long explanation as to why Curry’s such a joke followed by reasons that Sprewell is actually the better all-time Warriors player.
Curry also used the forum to support the stance that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is taking regarding kneeling during the National Anthem to protest the treatment of people of color in this country.
However, don’t expect Curry himself to kneel during the National Anthem once the NBA regular season starts.
“That’s not the way I’ll do it,” said Curry, referring to the method Kaepernick is taking to raise awareness. “But I support him and his attempt to start a conversation and continue a conversation to try to better a terrible situation.”
Words matter, and the sentiments that Curry expresses will certainly have an impact. It sounds like Clinton can count on the vote of the back-to-back NBA MVP this November.